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Call for Papers
July 6, 2020 to July 9, 2020
Subject Fields: 
Asian History / Studies, Chinese History / Studies, East Asian History / Studies, South Asian History / Studies, Southeast Asian History / Studies


The Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) is delighted to announce the 23rd Biennial Conference. Organised by an interdisciplinary committee, the ASAA 2020 conference is open to scholars, students and community members with an interest in Asia. The conference will be held at and sponsored by the University of Melbourne, Australia from 6-9 July 2020.

The theme of our conference is Future Asias.

Global recognition of the multiplicity of Asian communities, within Asia and in diverse Asian diasporas, including those in Australia, highlights the plurality of Asian identities. The dynamism of the Asian region is acknowledged across the disciplines. The organisers of ASAA 2020 ask that presenters explore this diversity and past or contemporary understandings of Asia, to reflect on where these plural Future Asias are headed.

We will be organising a series of roundtable discussions on the following interdisciplinary themes. Individual paper and Panel submissions related to these themes are particularly welcomed.

  • Shifting inequalities in Asia
  • Mobilities across Asias
  • Australia in Asia/Asia in Australia
  • Civil society in Asia
  • Australia-Asia relations
  • New spatio-political-economies of Asia
  • Transitional justice
  • Language diversities across Asia

Call for proposals for pre-conference flexible format meetings, seminars or workshops

Prior to the commencement of the main conference, the afternoon of Monday 6th July is set aside for pre-conference gatherings. If you would like to hold a pre-conference workshop, seminar or meeting please contact the conference organisers (email) to request an appropriate space for your event depending on your anticipated attendance. The deadline for submissions is 5pm, Friday 1 November 2019. However, spaces are limited, so it is advised that requests are made early.

Call for Papers and Panels

Proposal submissions open 12 June 2019 for panels, individual papers and flexible format meetings and workshops. Panels should consist of 4 abstracts. Multiple sessions on a single panel topic are permitted, up to a maximum of three sessions (ie. 12 abstracts), submitted as separate panels of 4 abstracts each. The ASAA encourages submissions from postgraduate scholars. The deadline for submissions is 5pm, Friday 1 November 2019.